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Governance within a multi-academy trust

Begbrook Primary Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.  Governance for a multi-academy trust operates at two levels.  At trust level, there is a Board of Directors.  The directors are accountable to the Department for Education and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education the trust provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, financial probity, safety and good practice. The Board is provided assurance on a number of these areas through various sub-committees, as shown in the diagram below. For further information about the Board, please search https://www.clf.uk/governance/

At a local level, each academy has an Academy Council comprising of up to 13 Academy Councillors.  Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academic experience of the students under their care with the aim of securing effective school improvement.  They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and by overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.

If you would like to contact the Chair of the Academy Council, please email Linda Corbidge (Clerk to the Academy Council) on [email protected]

Academy Councillors

TypeAppointing BodyNameDate of ApptTerm Expires
Chair & Sponsor 1CLF BoardGraham Wilkie12/12/201911/12/2023
Sponsor 2Chairs of Academy Council (COAC)Divya Raj09/01/202008/01/2024
Sponsor 3COACDr Hayley Moulding20/06/201919/06/2023
Sponsor 4COACVacancy
Sponsor 5COACVacancy
Executive PrincipalCLF BoardKate RichardsonEx officioEx officio
PrincipalCLF BoardVicky CounsellEx officioEx officio
LA RepCOAC / Local AuthorityVacancy
Parent 1Parent ElectionSimon Metson25/11/202124/11/2025
Parent 2Parent ElectionSarah Page11/07/202211/06/2026
TeacherTeacher ElectionSian Adams01/09/202231/08/2026
Support StaffSupport Staff ElectionAlice Coyle07/01/202006/01/2024
Student AdvocatePrincipalEmily Mowlem01/09/202231/08/2026


Academy Council

I’m pleased to be Chair of Begbrook Primary Academy Council.  I have been an Academy Councillor since May 2018 and I share the ambition for Begbrook to be recognised as an outstanding school.   I have 19 years’ experience working in the public sector in a number of finance, policy and project management roles.  I use my experience and enthusiasm to provide the right level of support and challenge to help our children reach their full potential and enjoy their school experience.


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